Living Wills

There are multiple formats for living wills in Huntersville, and any format may be tailored to reflect the decisions of the client.

Living Wills in Huntersville, North CarolinaEstate plans may vary in many ways based on the needs of the clients. However, the basic estate plan or will package, as termed at NorthPointe Law Group, includes living wills for residents of Huntersville, North Carolina.

A living will, otherwise known as a Declaration for Desire for a Natural Death, is a statement by an individual that he/she does not want to remain on life support if they are 1) in a terminal condition AND 2) they are on forms of life support. Living wills are distinct from last wills and testament that dispose of property and address guardianship. They vary from DNRs (Do Not Resuscitate orders) that indicate if a person is found unresponsive, medical personnel should not make efforts to bring them back to life.

There are multiple formats for living wills, and any format may be tailored to reflect the decisions of the client.  This is the most personal of decisions with no right or wrong choices.  Many folks have a gut or emotional feeling when this topic comes up.  Some folks have personal experiences that affect their considerations on this topic.

Some of the formats or choices that individuals may use include whether to allow the health care power of attorney the opportunity to override their decision, whether to state a waiting period, (e.g. 1 week, 3 months, etc.), or whether to keep hydration and/or nutrition but remove other forms of support.

There have some famous cases involving these options and individuals who did not make these choices in a written document.  These include the Terri Schaivo case and the Bobbi Kristina Brown case.  These became big cases in court and/or the media because family members had differing ideas of whether support remained, what type and how long.  It is important that clients who have a defined course of action state their wishes in a living will to advise their doctors and their family members as to their choices.

At NorthPointe Law Group, we can help prepare living wills in Huntersville, Mooresville, Charlotte and Concord, North Carolina.